Work Experience and Industry Placements

Work Experience

The rewards and benefits of work experience are genuine. Besides the skills you bring to an organisation, you will find that you will learn more skills through your work with other people and benefit from their experience.

The organisation or group might also be able to help you to improve and develop your talents, too.

You will have the chance to understand how organisations work; at the same time you will be developing your own confidence and ability to work with others. Your work experience could also make you think about a fresh career path for your future.

If you are an employer interested in taking on a student on work experience please contact;

Ross Lowcock, Email:
Phone: 01325503250

Michelle Wheeler, Email:
Phone: 01325503278

Industry Placements

Darlington College are part of the Government pilot for Industrial Placements. Students on certain Level 3 courses will undertake a 45 day placement as part of their qualification. All information regarding this will be available at interview.

If you are an employer interested in taking on a student on work experience please contact Industry Placements Reviewers;

Michelle Bishop

Phone: 07483 068938 

Helen Robson

Phone: 07912 998871

Callum Wilkinson

Phone:  07483 068931


T Levels are brand new, two-year courses designed with employers. As the next step after GCSEs, they combine classroom theory, practical learning and a three-month industry placement to give young people the technical skills, knowledge and experience needed to get a job in a skilled profession – Department of Education



Vanessa was the perfect placement! I received feedback from all managers and staff from each department that I placed her in and they all agree that she was a real pleasure to have working here for the week.She’d mentioned on her first day that she was particularly interested in an Operations Manager role so I booked some time in with our Director of Operations to discuss her career path with Vanessa so she had a better understanding on how to achieve this role which I think she enjoyed. 

Vanessa showed clear understanding of all aspects of the operation especially the importance of ensuring guest satisfaction and went as far as to interact with guests which is rare with placements.

Rachael Kenworthy, HR Officer – Crown Plaza Hotel, Newcastle